Ladies in Retirement

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Ladies in Retirement [1] is a 1940 play by English playwrights Edward Percy [2] and Reginald Denham [3]. The 1940 Broadway production starred Flora Robson in the lead role. Full-length. Cast: mixed.

Translations and adaptations

Afrikaans translation by Ben de Koker under the title Moord in Mooihawe. Published by DALRO in 1974 (ISBN:0-86064-123-9).

Performance history in South Africa

1942: Produced by Mary Holder for the Combined Dramatic Societies of Cape Town in the Little Theatre, with Margot Lassner (Ellen Creed), Violet Dunlop (Emily Creed), Estelle de Villiers, Minna Millsten (Leonora Fiske), Basil Warner (Albert), Pera Miller and Nell Angles.

1942: Produced in Afrikaans (title unknown) by Siegfried Mynhardt's newly-formed company, starring Berdine Grunewald and Lydia Lindeque.

1945: Produced by Margaret Inglis for the Munro-Inglis Company, with Nan Munro, Margaret Inglis, Taubie Kushlick, Frank Douglass, Virginia Pilkington, Freda Gray, Jill Shepley at the Standard Theatre. Sets designed by Len Grossett.

1947: Presented by the Brian Brooke Company, produced by Will Jamieson, first at the Muizenberg Pavilion and in March at the Hofmeyr Hall, with Petrina Fry, Dorothea Gibson, Don Howie, Brigid Gibbings and others.

1965: Staged by Brickhill-Burke Productions, directed by Joan Brickhill and Louis Burke, with Annabel Linder (Lucy), Marjorie Gordon (Leonora Fiske), Edna Jacobson (Ellen Creed), James White (Albert Feather), Patricia Sanders (Louisa Creed), Ann Rudnick (Emily Creed) and Margery Dickie-Clark (Sister Theresa). Decor by Elizabeth Macleish and costumes by Joan Brickhill.

1965: Presented by University Theatre Stellenbosch.

1973: Moord in Mooihawe was produced by the University of the Freestate Department of Drama under the direction of Ben de Koker.


Trek, 22 May 1942, 18.

South African Opinion, 2(4):23, 1945; 4(2):20, 1947.

Brooke 1978. 157-8, 162-164.

Tucker, 1997. 20, 26.

Brickhill-Burke theatre programme (undated).

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

UTS theatre pamphlet

Performing Arts, HSRC, 1972.

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